Monday, May 28, 2012

why I love petiteBox!

I received this gem on my doorstep a few weeks ago from the lovely company petiteBox!

Have you heard of petiteBox yet?

If you're a new mama, a soon to be mama, or you know someone who is, this is pretty much the coolest gift you could give yourself or someone else.

Created for new mom's who appreciate the finer things in life, petiteBox sends out a box every month with new high-end, natural products for both mama and her babe to test at home.  They work with mama's who are in their 4th month of pregnancy until their baby's first birthday.

petiteBox delivers a different box every month that coordinates with the stage of pregnancy or the age of the little babe. I LOVE this idea. 

Inside the box I found so many things to love. When you're a new or expecting mama you want the nicest things for your little one and because petiteBox is so awesome, they throw in some great stuff for you too.

Elle loves that monkey.  She carries him around everywhere and snuggles with him, because he is soo soft.

The Lotus Infinite Love Mist smells divine and what woman doesn't want high quality stretch mark butter? Riddle me that!

I don't know about you, but my brain partially stopped functioning when I had Elle. I can't remember things, I feel like it's always going in a million different directions.  Being a mom is hard! So I love that this little box arrives at my home to help me keep on top of things I should probably have on hand for myself and my babe.

They even send out these helpful how-to's that include how to pick out a diaper bag and what to expect at the age and stage my baby or pregnancy is at.  Loooove.

Until recently, PetiteBox has only been available outside the U.S.  Lucky for us (those that live in the United States) they just launched in NYC so now we can have the very best for our little ones delivered right to our door!

I've been working with this company for a few months now and honestly, they are fabulous.  I've been really impressed with them and I think great customer service is always the best indicator for an awesome company. 

Go here to learn more about petiteBox.

So if you're stumped about what to get a new mama for a gift or if you want to pamper yourself a little bit, because you've got a little one, head over to their website and become a petiteBox member!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

thrifting and other lovely finds

I don't know what thrift stores are like where you are, but in Utah they are kind of a big deal.

No this photo wasn't taken on Black Friday.

It was in fact a Wednesday.  Just a regular old middle of the week day.  Nothing special.

So it makes sense that when I stopped by for a quick trip I was shocked to find people lined up outside waiting for the store to open.

Was some sort of announcement made that included needing jeans from 1992 or used tupperware in a hurry?

Yeah I didn't think so.

Battling the mobs of people proved to be worth my time as I was quite successful in my venture.

Yes yes I had some lovely finds this week.  But it didn''t stop with thrifting.

These boots are my personal favorite. I wear them with everything. I even slept in them.  But not on purpose.

I discovered the best salsa recipe too.  You should try it.  Be sure to add Avocado..that takes it from awesome to bombdiggity. Trust me on this.  Find the recipe here!

And finally..Thanks Wendy's for this inspirational reminder.  I guess not all fast food places are shady.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

tell me, tell me

My little gal is spending time with my aunt today and I already miss her.  Lucky for me she left a trail of Chocolate Cheerios in my room before she went off to play.  At least I won't be hungry while she's away.

Who are you missing today?

Monday, May 21, 2012

think happy, be happy

It's Monday.

This weekend Andrew hurt his knee on a run.  He can't even walk really.  He's in pretty bad shape.

Certain future plans now lie in uncertainty because it is kind of a big deal.

Surprisingly enough he has been as pleasant as ever. Minus the broken wooden spoon which he snapped in half while in pain like it was a toothpick.  Oh and all those swear words..

And today he asked me for a bucket or an empty water bottle, because getting up to go to the bathroom was just asking for too much.

His brother bought him a cane. Andrew is mortified. I am excited.

Ellie is into this really fun phase where she not only spits out all of her food, but then hurls it across the room as if she's going for an Olympic medal.

And I witnessed her first real tantrum this weekend that left me in shock.  I just stood there staring at her flailing herself across our living room rug, because I could not believe what I was seeing.

She also drank out of a mud puddle when I wasn't looking and has somehow mastered the ability to go lifeless when I'm trying to get her to do something she doesn't want to do.  Her 25 pound body feels much heavier when I'm trying to carry her inside before the neighbors think she has some sort of medical condition.

I love these two.

Really I do.

Ellie has learned a new word.  "April".  No more "Mama" or "Dada". Her face lights up with joy when she yells "opppruulll" down the hallway.  Along with "It's okay" and "Aw man".

She has the sweetest little smile and I am so happy to be able to spend my life with her.

Andrew is the most positive person I've ever met.  He's always happy.  And he loves me.

 I am one lucky gal.

This could have been considered a disastrous weekend. But I reallly didn't want it to be.

Happiness. Gratitude. Love.

Decisions we make everyday.

So I say look for the good! Choose to be happy! Find things in your life to be grateful for!  Someone needs YOU to love them, figure out who they are and love with all your might!

This is a perfect day to start over.  Be brand new.  Your life is good.  You just need to tell yourself so and stop stressing about all the things that are not so wonderful.

Did you do it?  Isn't everything wonderful now?

Okay..let's get real ya'll. Life can be hard and it can be crappy.  But there are good things happening in your life. No matter how small. Focus on those things. 

 It's hard. But so is everything else worth doing.

So decide to be happy.

There is only one "today" so enjoy it. Seriously.


Friday, May 18, 2012

let's play the name game...

You didn't think I'd skip over these gems did you?

My husband is totally right. I am guilty of association.  As in I have this slight tendency to associate people with other people. Or things. Or places. Or nouns. Whatev.

Now I can see why that would be annoying, but c'mon people! These guys just make it sooo easy.

This is helicopter man.  Or Kalon. He likes to act cool and fly his own helicopter to impress all the other guys. Oh did Emily happen to see the action too? Win win. 

Best line? "Hey guys, I saw you were having a little party from up there. Looks like you're having fun!"

Cricket chirp. Men growling. The pretty boy "villian" has made his subtle entrance.


Reminds me of another pretty boy villian..

 I'm guessing they buy their lip gloss at the same high end stores. After all, Kalon IS a Luxury Brand Consultant (Whatever that means..)

Then there's Stevie. 

No this is not a scene from a horror flick.  It is in fact just the world's creepiest man carrying a boombox while he shimmies over to the lady of the hour. 

I will say this once and only once. Used car salesman and dating shows should never ever be related.  In any way.  But in this case they are. 

McStevie is a pioneer..paving the way for other creepers to find love via reality tv.  Maybe he drives a really sweet Dodge Neon.  Who knows.

So while he was bidding Emily hello guess who came to mind?

Yes I also think it's weird that the terms "creepster" and "used car salesman" cause my brain to reference Disney films.  Or Professor Ratigan, the Rat King, to be more accurate.

Unfortunately, he's holding a bell instead of a boombox.  Shame shame.

Next we have Alessandro. Oh Alessandro.

I don't know how to break this to you..but you're not really from Brazil.  I know, I know. That's what your parents told you, but they lied to you.  Straight up lied man.  Oh and they're not your real parents.  I know this, because you are really the son of that guy from Three's Company. 

C'mon "Alessandro"...tell us your real name and ditch that fake accent.

Alright. I'll do it for you.  Jason Ritter come on dowwwwnn.

And then there's Charlie.

Who doesn't love this guy?

Wasn't he the one who fell off his friend's deck and had a lot of surgeries?  Maybe someone should let him know that he looks like every guy from 98 degrees rolled into one.

Okay, you are 98% Lachey I just know it.  You should thank your friend. And his deck.


Chris.  He fashioned some bobbleheads of himself and Emily so she'd be impressed with his carpenter skills.  It was an awkward moment when he started talking to her via bobblehead.  She managed to respond with her mini Emily and then they lived happily ever after. 

But does anyone else think he resembles a certain..

Butler. Gerard Butler.  I'm about to get real here for a minute though...G.B is waaayyyy cuter than his above look-alike.

Can I get an Amen?


I cannot for the life of me figure out who Doug reminds me of...

Help a girl out!

Tim Allen? Ryan Reynolds?

Anyone, Anyone?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

bachelorette = bad news bears

The other night I hosted a little bachelorette shindig at my house.

And by bachelorette I mean Emily.

Ah yes. Beautiful girl she is.

What is that bewildered look on her face?  I can explain...

Did this guy just show up to the mansion on a skateboard and then proceed to toss it into the bushes so he could strut up those stairs to say hello? 

Barf.  If his hair wasn't enough indication of his wannabe-ness then I don't know what is.  And by wanna-be I am most definitely referring to the one and only..

David Silver. 90210.

Don't fall for this guy Emily!

Next on the list

Travis.  Of course, no self-respecting bachelor would show up empty handed and he was definitely not going to be made a fool.

So he brought an egg.  An egg that apparently was meant to symbolize his commitment and devotion.

Unfortunately I couldn't find a picture of him sitting on the porch swing. Alone with only an egg for company.

I guess that's what happens when you bring a  "Pre-Bird" (as Tom Haverford would say) to a fancy party.

P.S- Rascall Flats called and want their hair back.

And then there's..

Michael. The musician with his very own Youtube channel. Impressive. 

The only problem is that when I look at him another image comes to mind..

He just seemed a little too My So-Called Life-ish if you know what I'm saying. Depressed. Aspiring musician. Breaking innocent girls hearts with his secret drug addiction. You know the story.

Poor Emily.

She's headed for heartbreak city.  I saw the clip where one of the guys refers to her daughter as "baggage".

That southern charm disappeared faster than the guy who dressed up granny-style.

Up next! Bobbleheads, helicopters, and the guy who resembled a creepy used car salesman.

Stay tuned..

Monday, May 14, 2012

mama's weekend

For Mother's Day all I wanted was a vacation.

You's a been a rough few weeks. 

Andrew came home Friday afternoon and said to me, "Honey, you need to pack a swimsuit and an overnight bag, because we are going on a little trip."

Sweeter words had never been spoken!

So we packed our bags and headed north to the glamorous city of Salt Lake.

the hotel lobby

We checked in and then headed off to dinner at my fav restaurant in Utah:

Have you been here? We discovered it on a trip to SLC last year and it's become a staple for all future vacations.

We sat at the counter and pretended we were judges on "Chopped".

Fish and Chips

The Copper Onion burger complete with housemade pickles!

We stopped by City Creek after dinner for some casual shopping.

I found a few things that belonged in my closet

Since our trip to Belgium last December we crave real french fries and only the best waffles.

Naturally this meant Andrew running over to Bruges Waffles and Frites for some dessert.

We were not disappointed!

Don't be fooled by how simple this is Divine.

Oh so good.

Our last stop was Les Madeleines, a Patisserie I've been begging to go to for months.

It was a little shop hidden in a corner and everything was delicious.

Andrew ordered the Turkey Club
Have you ever had real french fries? Pomme Frites at Les Madeleines are perfection.

I got the Sesame Chicken Salad in an egg roll wrap with Edamame. 

I could eat this every day.  It was so, so good.

Finally we ordered the Kouing-Aman Bread Pudding...

"The Best Thing I ever ate" show on Food Network came here to feature this dessert.  No wonder.

Shout out to my sweet husband who made the weekend soooo nice.  I feel rejuvenated and rested.

Being a mom is awesome. Especially when I get to come home to this cute little thing